Around 40,000 applicants issued PR by IRCC in January

This year, January has seen the biggest opening of Express Entry till date. Around 40,000 potential applicants were invited to apply for permanent residency through various economic immigration and family sponsorship programs. For this year alone IRCC has set a target of admitting 331,000 new permanent residents to Canada. The target further increases to 341,000 for 2020 and 350,000 for 2021. It is all part of Canada’s new three-year immigration levels plan.

Express Entry Draws in January
In January, IRCC issued a total of 11,150 ITAs (Invitations to Apply) to eligible candidates. The Federal Government held three draws for Express Entry. The minimum CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) score was 438.

Other Express Entry linked Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) also held multiple draws this January. They were as follows:

Ontario: OINP (Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program) held a draw for the Human Capital Priorities Stream candidates on January 14. They issued 1,493 NOIs, and the cut-off score was 439.

Other provinces that held draws for Express Entry draws were Saskatchewan, British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

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